Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Christmas Club Card - Get Your Skates On

I am little late...but better late than never! Our theme for the Christmas Card Club was chosen by the lovely Sue of Planet Susie.

I should have posted this card on Sunday but woke up feeling poorly with this darned cold/cough. Why is it that coughs always get worse as soon as your head hits the pillow?  lol

My friend Gloria hosted a fabulous crop on Saturday evening. I made a few cards for a little card exchange there and then got completely stumped with this card. The ladies tried to help me but I just couldn't get my head around the design I wanted. I set it aside to finish at home and finally got to work on it tonight. I was trying to use a lot of silver and the skates just seemed lost on it. Everything just looked the same to me. This skates die cut is very large and working with something that large takes some getting used to.  Thank goodness I bought the glitter card bases on my last trip to Michael's in America. They were the only precut cards I had that were large enough to carry that die cut!

I usually know who I am gong to give a card to and that influences how I make it...When I worked on it tonight, I realized that I still had to make a purple Christmas card for a special friend. Purple is her favourite colour and she has her Christmas tree and decorations all tied in to this colour!  Once I pulled out the purple card stock, I liked the look of the skates on it. Whew...problem solved! My card actually went together quite smoothly after that.

Card base and Envelope - Michael's
Card stock - from my stash, snippets of 2 shades of purple card stock and 1 piece of grey textured card that has a sort of satin sheen
Dies - Tim Holtz Skates and Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight
Very fine silver metallic string - from my stash
Chalk - Stampin' Up chalked around the edges of the skates
Bling - teensy clear diamonds from my stash
Sentiment - prestamped set from my LSS

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. CHNC Extra - must be Christmas
3. CHNC - Whatever is urgent to make #155
4. Christmas Card Club - Get Your Skates On


  1. Hi Maureen I have not seen this TH die before and it looks splendid, the way you added the chalk really adds dimension to the skates. Your card looks fabulous and I am sure your friend will love it!! Susan x

  2. Wow Mo, this really is stunning. Gorgeous purple and such a lovely design you came up with. The skates look fabulous, so realistic.

    Hope the cold clears up for Christmas OK!

    Hugs, Di xx

  3. This is a beautiful die Maureen. My favourite colour too ( and Sue P's!) so either of us would love to have this. Well it came together perfectly in the end. Sorry you have been so poorly. Here's hoping that means you will be okay for Christmas. Fingers crossed. Love and hugs Christine xx

  4. Hi Maureen.....perfect...a pair of lovely skates...makes me feel like going out to the skating rink for a spin!.....lovely card ...hope you have a good Christmas and glad you are feeling better xxxxx

  5. Great Skates card here Mo. Lovely. Can't beat a bit of purple.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  6. Hi Maureen, I LOVE this card! This is my favourite die for Christmas this year and I love what you did with it - gorgeous! Hugs, Anne x

  7. Hi Maureen
    Fabulous card.... Love those Skates.... Stunning ...
    Hugs Sylvie xx

  8. Brilliant card Maureen - I lurve purple myself (as you probably know) and am even wearing a purple top as I 'trype'!!! I haven't seen this die before and must admit it really is gorgeous and I agree with Susan, the chalk effect really gives the skates an oomph.

    I wish I could claim this theme as mine but this came from Sue W. It really is a good one!

    Lots of love and hugs to you and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both.

    Sue Pxxx and Graham xx

  9. Wow Mo! This is gorgeous. I love purple too - my favourite colour!!!

  10. Visiting from seeing your card at MFP Simple Salutations. Like how you used the TH Ice Skate die. I made a Christmas card with it recently that I posted on my blog. I like what you used for the lacing of the skates. I used white thread.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  11. Fabulous card!!! gorgeous colours too. Hope your feeling a lot better now lots of huggles and hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and great New Year!!! Sue, Paul and Ollie xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  12. Your card turned out just beautiful, Maureen! To me it's more a challenge to work with a small space, such as tags. Love your skates die and the glitter adds that "something special" to this design!

  13. Such a pretty card and the skates are wonderful!

  14. THose skates are SO gorgeous with all the silver cording and beautiful lacy die cut frame!! What a fantastic creation!!

  15. Hi Maureen,
    WOW! your card caught my eye in the playground so I had to come and take a look - FABULOUS!! xx

  16. Fabulous card, Love the colours & design... those skates are Beautiful I may need to treat myself to this die.... Simply Gorgeous ... Hugs May x x x

  17. Beautiful card, Ive not seen this die before - it looks so realistic.
    Hope you are feeling better.

  18. Mo this is just lovely...I love the purple and the skates are awesome. Hugz, joann

  19. This is a fabulous card, I love those beautiful die cut skates, they look perfect against the purple background.
    I hope you are feeling better.

  20. The end result is fabulous Maureen, worth all the head scratching. Love the skates die. Carol x

  21. Pretty card!
    Love the purple and silver.
    Sorry you aren't feeling well.
    I agree, at night is when coughs are the worst. Just when you need the sleep.
    Hope you feel better soon!

  22. I've seen this die being used a lot this year Mo and I must say I think your card is the prettiest of the lot. The dark purple and the silver work brilliantly with the vintage skates - gorgeous gorgeousness xx

  23. Oh Wow, did you knock a home run with this one! Those skates just glisten against that rich purple & silver. Loved the lacy bkground mat too. Hope your cold/cough is all gone by now, and TFS such a beautiful card. Hugs, Merry Christmas, and I'm going to read through those recipes later! Looked deleesh.

  24. I hope you're feeling better soon.
    What a pretty card.

  25. Beautiful card - the skates are so special - especially with the laces!

  26. I want that TH die!!!! Love the skates and the silver laces really make it special. You did a great job with this challenge. Have a blessed Christmas, my friend!
    hugs, Asha - Sunny Summer Crafts

  27. Just delightful, I love how you have used the skates.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  28. Great card with the skate die cuts! Thank you for playing along with us at MFP Simple Salutations Challenge.

  29. love the purple! thanks for playing at MFP Simple Salutations

  30. Beautiful creation with those fabulous skates - I love the sparkly frame and laces. And I didn't stop to say how delicious the biscuits looked for fear of getting tempted to head to the kitchen!
    Alison x

  31. I bet your friend loved this special card! What a beautiful creation!

  32. Those skates are amazing and the purple glitter is just wonderful on the card.

  33. Those skates are amazing and the purple glitter is just wonderful on the card.

  34. I love this skate die and it looks great against the purple and silver, and that lovely ornate purple mat.
    Hopefully by now your cough and cold will be on the mend.

  35. I just love how the skates turned out. It may have been a slow start but I'm so glad you kept at it because the card is beautiful. The purple definitely makes the skates pop. Thanks for joining us on MFP's Simple Salutations.

  36. Playing catch up with commenting and spotted your fab card over on Di's round-up. Love the effect of the skates on the purple. Hugs, Elizabeth xx


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